The Danger of Electrical Fires

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Summer is heating up, and that means that we, as human beings have the desire to cool down! As we rely more and more on appliances and electricity to keep us cool, we’re also running more of a risk to cause an electrical fire. Each year in the U.S., there are more than 40,000 electrical fires responsible for $700 million in damages and 1,400 injuries. The good news is that most electrical fires can be prevented by first understanding what makes them so dangerous.


Electrical fires differ from ordinary fires in a number of ways. Those differences are what make them particularly dangerous.


What makes electrical fires so dangerous?

The main thing that makes electrical fires so dangerous is that many people assume they are the same as a regular fire. However, there are a few key differences, and not knowing those differences is hazardous.


We’ve all heard the saying, “where there’s smoke there’s fire,” but that’s not always the case with an electrical fire. You don’t always see smoke, and by the time you do, it’s usually too late to do anything but get out of the house.


Another key difference that adds even more danger to electrical fires is that they’re more challenging to put out. These fires are started by electricity, and as such, throwing water on the flames might not do what you expect, it could even make the fire worse.


When electrical fires happen, it’s shocking and sudden, but understanding the dangers is one way you can help eliminate some of the risks. If you experience an electrical fire or any other fire for that matter, you’re not left to deal with it all on your own. Royal Renovations is here to help get your home back to feeling like home.

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